I'm not a scientist, man, as Senator (and presidential candidate) Marco Rubio said. But more than 97 percent of the scientists who actually specialize in climate science agree that climate change is real, heavily human caused, and getting worse faster than expected.
I'm also a witness. Sure, having moved to Phoenix in 1990 now makes you a "pioneer," but my experience goes back a but further.
The dust storms that make such good visuals, and popularized as "haboobs," are not new. They, like the monsoon, have been a part of the Phoenix and Sonoran Desert landscape for tens of thousands of years. The same is true of intense rains and floods.
What seems to be different is the severity of monsoon storms that come into the city, especially destructive "microbursts" and tornadic winds.
One hit Midtown a few years ago and mowed down telephone poles along Third Avenue, as well as uprooting trees, including priceless old-growth trees in Encanto Park. The events have increased since then, including a severe storm Monday night. Trees came down all over the metropolitan area.